Industry decarbonisation challenge funding now available

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As set out in the Rail Technical Strategy and following the Transport Minister’s challenge to see all diesel-only trains off the tracks by 2040, RSSB is working with the wider industry to develop and deploy energy efficient, zero-carbon technologies.

An event will be held on 30th October 2018 in Coventry to launch two research competitions.

Innovators, academics and members of the supply chain community will be able to join rail industry experts to discuss challenges and knowledge gaps in the rail decarbonisation space and shape potential research proposals.

As a mechanism to answer the Minister’s call, RSSB is making £1 million of funding available for feasibility studies and demonstrator projects to solve the challenges of decarbonisation specific to high speed passenger trains, freight and wider infrastructure implications such as energy storage and distribution.

RSSB is also co-funding a £1 million+ Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) call, jointly funded by InnovateUK. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships have been helping UK businesses innovate for growth for over 40 years and are one of a range of funding initiatives made available through InnovateUK (the UK government’s innovation agency) and other co-funders such as RSSB.

Both competitions will be launched at the event on 30 October and we invite everyone who is interested in finding out more to join us.

Through this event, we would like to encourage close collaboration between industry and potential bidders to ensure the innovative solutions put forward have strong industry backing, which will enable their implementation.

Please visit the competition hub to register and for further information contact Giulia Lorenzini at  

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